Healthy Dessert Recipes

Cakes, cookies, bars, brownies, pie, and ice cream -- with our selection of healthy desserts, you can still enjoy all your favorite sweets while eating healthfully. We've tweaked your favorite dessert recipes to make them healthier, and we'll teach you how to transform your own favorites into healthy dessert recipes, too. Start with substitutes -- for butter, that is. Learn how you can swap out butter for healthier options that still result in scrumptious desserts. We also have simple tips to bake with less fat, add whole grains, boost antioxidants, and more that will produce delicious sweets with nutritional benefits. Chocolate is, of course, the star of many indulgent desserts and everyday treats. Try our heart-healthier recipes -- starring dark chocolate -- and enjoy the mouthwatering rewards. You'll always get yummy results when you bake with what's in season. Try our seasonal favorites, such as frozen desserts in the summer and harvest-fruit desserts for fall. If you're looking for a tiny treat, go for one of the 20 sweet snacks that have just 50 calories or less -- perfect for work or after school.

Fast and Healthy-ish Citrus Desserts

These citrus treats perfectly fill the bill when you're looking for a dessert recipe that's healthier than most. Bursting with bright citrus flavor, each recipe features fresh fruits and can be prepped in almost no time. We even have a few five-minute dessert options on the menu! When dessert is this fast and delicious, there's no reason not to indulge your sweet tooth after dinner. Sample these desserts while citrus is in season—but thanks to your local produce department, you can enjoy the tangy fruit year-round.
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Quick Fruit and Chocolate Desserts

At less than 250 calories and 30 minutes from start to finish, these healthy chocolate and fruit desserts are as good for your waistline and they are your timeline. If that's not tempting enough, here's a peek at what's on the menu: A banana-cocoa smoothie bowl that's totally acceptable to enjoy for breakfast, a layered chocolate and strawberry parfait for a snack, and fruity s'mores for an after-dinner treat.
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Paleo Dessert Recipes You Wouldn't Guess Are Paleo

No matter your diet, you deserve dessert. That's no different for people who eat Paleo—meaning they basically eat the foods our hunter-gatherer ancestors ate. We've compiled our favorite Paleo desserts, including ice cream, truffles, and roasted fruit. Note: There are many different versions of Paleo diets. One person may add agave syrup to sweets; others choose not to. We've chosen a middle ground that welcomes easy Paleo desserts made from real fruit and natural sweeteners (hello, honey!).
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Healthy Pumpkin Desserts

Pumpkin is a jack of all trades. Pumpkin recipes like brownies, cakes, and truffles have unrivaled fall flavor. But pumpkin also gives typically indulgent desserts a good-for-you boost. We've got pumpkin bars, cheesecakes, and more -- you don't want to miss out on these almost-too-good-to-be-healthy pumpkin desserts!
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More Healthy Dessert Recipes

Healthy Peach Desserts to Savor All Summer

Fuzzy, blushing peaches hit the top of our farmers market list thanks to their juicy, candylike flavor and high vitamin and fiber content. Looking for peach recipes to use up your bounty? Try peaches in a bubbly cobbler, pureed into ice cream, added to a parfait, or in any of our other healthy peach desserts (all around 250 calories or less!) to sweeten your summer.
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20 Sweet Snacks for 50 Calories or Less

Sometimes you just need a small snack as an afternoon pick-me-up or to help you make it through the last hour until dinnertime. These sweet snacks under 50 calories will give you the extra boost you need, and they’ll satisfy your cravings for something sweet, too.
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Baked Donut Recipes

Seeking a healthy donut? Each of these baked donut recipes eliminates the excessive oils of traditional donuts so you can enjoy a sweet indulgence that fits your meal plan. You can feel extra proud of your dessert recipe choice because many of these homemade baked donuts include nutrient-rich ingredients, such as flaxseed, oats, and whole wheat flour.